Adult Programs

Game Night @ The Library / Wednesday, August 17, 5:30-8:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

Join us for some game night fun. We’ll have a supply of classic and new favorite board games for you to try and enjoy. Feel free to bring your own board and card games as well.

Bizarre History of Wisconsin: Strange Stories From Our Past / Tuesday, August 23, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

This presentation showcases over 100 bizarre newspaper stories from Wisconsin, many not seen in over 100 years! These unbelievable stories were not lost; they were simply hidden. Enjoy a portal back to the early days of the state, a time filled with strange deaths, ghosts, sea serpents, peculiar people, medical anomalies, oddities, psychic phenomena, and UFOs This will change the way you view the good ol' days! Presented by Chad Lewis. Free to attend. No registration required.

Wisconsin’s Native Plants (EG Beautification Committee Winter Lecture Series) / Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 p.m. O’Neill Room

Do you realize how many wonderful native plants we have in Wisconsin? Were you aware that we even have native stands of cactus? Does it really matter if you plant natives that are “native from Wisconsin (local genotype)” or just “native to Wisconsin”? Join us for an exciting foray on some of the speaker’s favorite native trees, shrubs, evergreens, and perennials. Presented by Paul Schwabe of Johnson’s Nursery. Free to attend. No registration required. 

This is the first program in the 2022-23 Elm Grove Beautification Committee Winter Lecture Series, with partner support from the Elm Grove Library. Mark your calendars for all six presentations from September through April (9/14, 10/19, 11/17, 2/15, 3/15, 4/12). All programs begin at 6:30 p.m. 

The Victorian Undertaker / Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

Join the Victorian Undertaker as he leads you on a journey into the macabre … Learn about Victorian rituals of death and superstitions, many of which remain standard practice today. Mortuary and embalming equipment and instruments from the era will also be on display as part of the presentation.  

Discover the traditions of the dead in this educational, unusual (but lighthearted) library program. The Victorian Undertaker is portrayed by Steve Person, a retired funeral director with 47 years experience. Free to attend. No registration required.

A Cup of Health: Coping with Stress through Journaling / Tuesday, September 27, 1:30 p.m. O'Neill Room

Join us for a presentation by a health professional about chronic stress and its impact on physical and mental health. You will be introduced to the practice of journaling as a coping technique to protect your well-being. 

This is the fourth in a series of five "Cup of Health" presentations in 2022. The presentations are co-sponsored by the Waukesha County Public Health Dept., the ADRC of Waukesha County, and the Elm Grove Library. Handout on the topic and a small gift will be available for participants at the end of each session.

Please register in advance for this presentation.

Lincoln on Leadership / Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 p.m. O’Neill Room

Abraham Lincoln will discuss his leadership values and style by sharing the 16 ways in which he strove to lead our nation and our people in his day and, in particular, during his Presidency. These include knowing your principles and sticking to them, as well as acknowledging mistakes and learning from them. Free to attend. No registration required. Mr. Lincoln is portrayed by Kevin Wood, a professional Lincoln presenter.

Maximize Your Medicare Benefits! / Wednesday, October 5, 1:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

NOTE: Please register in advance for this program.

Learn more about your Medicare options! This presentation will provide an overview of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D as well as supplemental insurance and an explanation of how they fit together. The program will also include information about Medicare’s upcoming annual open enrollment period (October 15 – December 7) and an explanation of how to use and understand the plan comparison tool on Medicare’s website.

Important information will be shared about special programs for Medicare beneficiaries with limited income that may help them pay their Medicare costs (Medicare Savings Plans) and also help pay for their Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (“Extra Help”). Presented in conjunction with the ADRC of Waukesha County and GWAAR (Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.).

An Evening with Andrea Bartz / Monday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

In conjunction with Boswell Books, the Elm Grove Library welcomes New York Times bestselling author Andrea Bartz, to celebrate her latest ­­suspenseful smash We Were Never Here, a book that “skillfully examines toxic friendship at its most extreme” (New York Times Book Review). In conversation with Noah Weckwerth of the Elm Grove Library.

We Were Never Here was the August 2021 pick for Reese Witherspoon's book club, was featured on numerous “Best Book” lists, and is now in film development at Netflix. The book centers around two best friends and a backpacking trip with deadly consequences, as the story traverses Cambodia, Chile, and Wisconsin.

Andrea Bartz is the New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Night, The Herd, and We Were Never Here. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Vogue, and many other outlets, and she’s held editorial positions at Glamour, Psychology Today, and Self, among other publications. An Elm Grove-area native, she lives in New York.

This event is free to attend. Advance registration is appreciated. Books will be available for sale (credit or debit cards only; no cash).

The Handprint of Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel / Monday, November 14, 7:00 p.m. O'Neill Room

Each year, over five million people visit the Sistine Chapel. It was built in 1473 by Pope Sixtus IV. Upon completion, he commissioned a team of talented Renaissance artists to create a series of paintings on the walls depicting the Life of Christ and the Life of Moses. In 1505, determined to update the space, Pope Julius II ordered Michelangelo to fresco the ceiling. Hoping to escape the task, Michelangelo fled by horse to Florence, but the relentless Pope followed and forced him to return to Rome. Along with a handful of assistants, Michelangelo covered the 3000-square-foot ceiling with over 150 pictorial units and 300 figures. Thirty years later, Michelangelo painted the Last Judgment on the eastern wall. 

Through a PowerPoint presentation, Dr. Lorrie Wenzel will identify the biblical stories that saturate the Sistine Chapel. The pictures in the production were taken during a private tour. She has also published an informational ‘treasure map’ on the Chapel, walking people through the entrance to the exit, explaining and identifying biblical heroes in each painting and fresco. The cost is $15.00 and the booklet will be available after the presentation. The presentation is free to attend. No registration required.

Dr. Lorrie Wenzel is a former scripture professor, church historian, and noted expert in the biblical imagery in sacred spaces. She and her husband recently returned from a two-month trip to Europe, studying over 40 cathedrals and churches in six countries. She has spent hours inside the Sistine Chapel.